BEERX 2023 Programme Schedule

BeerX UK 2023 will feature a packed schedule of expert seminars, panel debates, and expert-led tasting sessions. Full details to be revealed closer to the event.


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Wednesday 15th March 2023

10:00 - 10.30
Reception Open

10:00 - 18:00
Exhibition Open

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE - 11:00 - 12:00
Opening Keynote: The power of independence wth Bob Pease
CEO Brewers' Association
KEYNOTE

Speakers:
Bob Pease (Brewers Assoc). Hosted by Andy Slee

Session description:
Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers' Association in America deliver the opening keynote speech of BeerX UK 2023, with his talk on the importance of independence and overview of the US craft beer market.

12:00
Bar Opens

Regional bars open.

THE HOP YARD STAGE - 12:45 - 13:30
Using new variety British hops in high impact modern beers
TASTING SESSION

Speakers:
Charles Faram. Hosted by Charlie Docherty.

Session description:
In this session hop experts Charles Faram talks us through some of their new proprietary hops and how brewers can utilise these exciting British hops in highly flavoured, bold and modern beer styles.

Transitioning to British hops is a cost-effective and environmentally favourable move for all breweries, and with the developments in experimental British hops this doesn't have to come at the expense of flavour - with many new varieties providing the aromatic and high-impact flavours you would expect from US or New Zealand hops.

THE HOP YARD STAGE
13:45 - 14:30
Drink Cask Fresh: A cross industry campaign to bring new-blood to the cask sector
SEMINAR

Speakers:
Pete Brown & Neil Walker (SIBA). Hosted by Charlie Docherty.

Session description:
Drink Cask Fresh is new cross-indstry campaign to promteo cask beer to new or occasional cask beer drinkers, and in particular younger drinkers who may not have tried cask before.

Focussing on cask beer as a fresh product and bringijng in messaging around sustainability, variety of styles and independent brewing, the campaign gives cask a fresh new look and broader appeal.

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE
14:00 - 14:45
How to write better tasting notes: with the British Guild of Beer Writers
SEMINAR

Speakers:
The British Guild of Beer Writers. Hosted by Breww.

Session description:
The breadth of beer styles and flavours available to brewers are unlimited and each of your beers are different and unique - but do your tasting notes reflect that?

In this ession Directors of the British Guild of Beer Writers talk tatsing notes; getting the most out of your style descriptors and creating engaging, evocative flavour notes fr your beers.

THE HOP YARD STAGE
14:45 - 15:45
Pushing the bouandaries of beer
TASTING SESSION

Speakers:
Vault City. Hosted by Charlie Docherty.

Session description:
In this tasting session we will be exploring the World of experimental sour beers including some delicious and unexpected examples of the pastry-sour style.

Whether you're a sour beer lover or ardent sceptic, we guarantee this session will throw up a few surprises that push the boundaries of beer.

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE
15:00 - 15:45
Utilising pub partnerships to forge a route to market for your brewery
SEMINAR

Speakers:
TBA. Hosted by Ian Ward.

Session description:
Getting access to market via pubs is a huge issue for all independent breweries, but at the same time pub companies recognise the consumer demand for quality, flavoursome craft beer from local brewers.

For many independent breweries pub-partnerships can be the answer, allowing brewers to get their beers on the bar wilst increasing over proftability for the pub-owning company. This sessions sets out the opportunities and pitfalls that face brewers entering into partnerships with pub companies.

THE HOP YARD STAGE
16:00 - 16:45
Weathering the storm: How to manage a product recall the right way
SEMINAR

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE
16:00 - 16:45
Trends from the US Beer Market - with the Brewers' Association
SEMINAR

18:30 - 18:45
Chairman's Reception

Session description:
Lifetime achievments presented by the Chairman

18:45 - 19:30
SIBA Business Awards 2023

21:00
Bar Closes

Last orders at 20.45, BeerX UK closes at 21.00

Thursday 16th March 2023

09:00 - 10:00
Reception Open

09:00 - 18:00
Exhibition Open

10:00 - 12:00
AGM, British Craft Beer Report 2022 & Keynote Speaker

Session description:
The SIBA AGM is a chance for Members to discuss and vote on resolutions, as well as hear updates on the strategic future of the organisation from the National Chairman, Chief Executive and Treasurer.

Following the AGM we will also be launching the SIBA British Craft Beer Report 2022.

12:00
Bar Opens

Regional bars open.

THE HOP YARD STAGE
13:00 - 14:00
How to judge beer: Beer Sommelier led training session
TASTING SESSION

Speakers:
Tim O'Rourke. Hosted by Charlie Docherty.

Session description:
In this unique tasting session we take a deep-dive into the World of wheat beer, exploring American, Belgian and German examples of this varied and misunderstood style.

This session covers the process of beer judging at SIBA competitions, as well as a tasting of the huge differences between Global wheat beer styles.

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE
13:00 - 14:00
Sustainability in Brewing: From quick fixes to long term goals
SEMINAR

THE STEEP STAGE
14:15 - 15:00
Emerging beerand drnks trends we'll see following the Alcohol Duty changes
SEMINAR

Speakers:
Barry Watts (SIBA) . Will Lockwood.

Session description:
This August the beer sector faces the most radical changes to the alcohol duty system in generations which will have long term implications for the industry. SIBA’s Head of Public Affairs Barry Watts will give his predictions on what they will mean for brewers and consumers.

Barry Watts (SIBA)
Barry Watts is Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) which represents the UK’s small and independent breweries.

THE HOP YARD STAGE
14:15 - 15:00
Taking the leap from Homebrewer to professional
SEMINAR

Speakers:
Andy Parker. Hosted by Charlie Docherty.

Session description:
Taking the leap from homebrewer to opening your own commercial brewery can be as equally exciting as it is daunting.

In this session hee from SIBA member brewers who started out as homebrewers, the steps they took and the pitfalls they can help you avoid.

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE
14:15 - 15:00
How independent breweries of all sizes can cut costs with CO2 recpature technology
SEMINAR

Speakers:
Eddie Gadd (Ramsgate Brewery). Hosted by Breww.

Session description:
Small scale technology for the capture, cleaning and liquefaction of fermentation evolved CO2 is now available, but what are the benefits, how does it work and is it effective?

Eddie Gadd talks us through the UK's first CO2 recpature system, now installed at his brewery, and how it can be applied and valuable at breweries of all sizes.

Eddie Gadd
Eddie Gadd started his career as a mining engineer in the 80s before swapping his pick and shovel for a Firkin Brewery dipstick in the early 90s. Founded The Ramsgate Brewery 20 years ago, and still runs it.

THE STEEP STAGE
15:15 - 16:00
Empowering people and growing your business with brewing apprenticeships
SEMINAR

THE HOP YARD STAGE
15:15 - 16:15
What's the yeast? A comparative beer tasting of the World's most expressive yeasts
TASTING SESSION

Speakers:
TBA. Hosted by Charlie Docherty.

Session description:
Often the forgotten hero in the flavour profile of beers, the variety of yeasts used can have a huge impact not only on the flavour and aroma of a beer, but also it's carbonation and mouthfeel.

In this years 'blind' tasting we'll be challenging your palate and asking you to guess the yeast, with a range of hugely expressive strains featured.

THE FUTURE OF BREWING STAGE
15:15 - 16:00
Innovations in yeast with Lallemand
SEMINAR

Speakers:
Andrew Paterson, Lallemand UK. Hosted by Breww.

Session description:
A returning yet ever evolving session, our Innovations in yeast seminar is sure to expand the knowledge of members of your team at all levels.

Lallemand are market leaders in yeast innovation and Andrew will discuss current innovations in yeast, the process of bringing new yeasts to market, as well as how, and where new strains are sourced.

Andrew Paterson
Andrew Paterson, Lallemand UK, Technical Sales Manager UK, Ireland and Scandinavia

Andrew Paterson has been working for Lallemand since the winter of 2018. Prior to joining the company he worked for several years as Head Brewer at Dark Star Brewing Company and at Brewdog brewery in Scotland. His strong practical brewing experience is backed up with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters degree in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot Watt University.

18:00
Exhibition Closes

18:30 - 19:30
SIBA Independent Beer Awards

21:00
Bar Closes

Last orders at 20.45, BeerX UK closes at 21.00